West Side Story at Broadway Theatre tickets
West Side Story at Broadway Theatre tickets

West Side Story

About the show

Please note that performances of West Side Story have been cancelled through 3 January 2021, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Performances will resume as early as is practical in 2021.

Visionary director Ivo van Hove lends his inimitable hand to West Side Story, with exciting new choreography from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. This new staging marks the first major Broadway revival to depart from original director and choreographer Jerome Robbins’ iconic visuals.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is set in New York’s Upper West Side during the 1950s and tells the story of young but fraught lovers Tony and Maria, who hail from vastly different ethnic and social communities. Now exemplary for its finger-snapping choreography, this upcoming revival is set to be a radical departure, and marks the Broadway debuts of over 20 cast members.

Shereen Pimentel and Isaac Powell are set to star as Maria and Tony. Pimentel made her Broadway debut at age nine in The Lion King and is currently a third-year undergraduate at The Juilliard School. Powell’s credits include Once on This Island at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

Other cast includes Amar Ramasar as Bernardo, Yesenia Ayala (Carousel) as Anita, and Ben Cook (Mean Girls on Broadway) as Riff.

Ivo van Hove was named Best Director of a Play at the 2016 Tony Awards for his revival of A View from the Bridge, and his distinctive style has received widespread acclaim from Amsterdam (Salome) to London (All About Eve). Choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker was a key part of Rosas dance ensemble, which held residence at La Monnaie in Brussels between 1992 and 2007.

The pair work from a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Taking a daring new approach to a well-loved musical, West Side Story at the Broadway Theatre is sure to be a hot topic amongst New York theatergoers. It begins previews on December 10 2019, with an opening date set for February 6 2020.

Recommended for

Fans of West Side Story should book tickets for Ivo van Hove’s daring new production, if only to judge for themselves how it measures up to the original. Fans of the Belgian experimental director will also enjoy watching him tackle this indisputable giant of a show.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+

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Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes (no intermission)
Opened: 10 Dec 2019
Press night: 20 Feb 2020
Booking from: 01 Jun 2021
Booking until: 28 Feb 2021

Location and map

Broadway Theatre
1681 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

25 Reviews Add review

Brilliant revival. Feels very fresh and current. Excellent choreography and dancing. The staging and direction were extremely impressive.... More

BroadwayB 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It's not perfect, I don't think most old musicals are. But the songs and music are gorgeous, the new take was refreshing, the dancing... More

bradleyl 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A new interpretation of West Side Story, with a multi-cultural cast, a modern perspective on race relations, immigration, and police.... More

ckchen 5'4", 12 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I prefer the original west side story The only nice part is dancing and when they do rain on stage is cool The rest I would just... More

yulingliao 5‘’1, 96 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This production is thrilling. Ivo van Hove has breathed new life into West Side Story with his innovative storytelling.

andrewg33 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Id just like to start off by saying that I did have an understudy Tony and Anita so I didn't get to see Isaac Powell and the rape scene... More

oliviamorey 1 review, 0 helpful votes

theatrelover13 35 reviews, 0 helpful votes

chrishuyen 5'6'', 28 reviews, 1 helpful vote

It’s a very different take on the show. There were some beautiful moments. The video projections were sometimes distracting and took... More

BriT 25 reviews, 2 helpful votes